Hi there dear ones!
Today I will start a blog series called “Tales from the Studio.”
As most of you know, I re-arranged the upstairs old room of my son (who moved out) and turned it into a working space for me. I showed photos of it in this post.
I stood in my son’s room several times in the past years, thinking how I should re-arrange the space once he moved out and how I would love to work in solitude and not having to clean up after me every day – but now that the moment was there, I had to take some hurdles – here’s what happened (and how I solved it!)
Last week, I was at the Kreadoe, a huge arts and crafts supply fair.
(Caatje published photos of the Kreadoe fair on her blog if you want to
take a look and drool over supplies… I’m glad to say that on the day
I went it was not as crowded as on Caatje’s photos!) I had no plans to
go at first but last minute I decided to go after all.
Visiting such a big supply fair means that it is impractible to keep
your money in your pocket. I did not really need supplies so I’m
proud to say that I managed to keep my findings to a minimum -
but still there can be done a lot with those ‘minimums’ – take a look.
This is a short blogpost.
An ‘interlude’ so to speak.
Time flies and I’m sort of fluttering behind it.
I am glad I saved some ‘oldies’ to show you when the day would come
that I have nothing new to show. Because I didn’t even had time to finish
my ‘chronicles spread’, that day is now!
The ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ series has come to an end,
but here is a reminisce (or ‘appendix’ if you like.)
You might remember post #2 about mail art?
A lot of you send me your ‘snail mail art’ and everyone who did,
received something back from me.
In this post I show you all the art I received and send.
It was a feast to see the postman coming with one beautiful envelope after
another; THANK YOU to everyone who surprised me with their work!
De ‘Quirky Dutch Summer’ serie is afgelopen maar vandaag geef ik
een terugblik op één van de posts. (Laat ik het een ‘aanhangsel’ noemen)
Je herinnert je misschien post #2 nog, over mail art?
Velen van jullie stuurden mij je zelfgemaakte juweeltjes over de post en
iedereen die dat deed ontving natuurlijk van mij een zelfgemaakte kaart retour.
Vandaag laat ik zien wat ik allemaal ontving en terugstuurde.
Het was een feest om al die mooie werkstukken in de brievenbus te vinden,
de ene envelop nog mooier dan de andere! DANK JULLIE WEL!!!
Time is such a strange thing… one day the hours seem to fly you by and
on another day a minute seems to last forever. I know it all depends on
your mood and activities, but don’t you never stop and wonder where
the days went?
Time seems to speed up as one gets older – I actually read a book once
that explains this phenomenon: Waarom het leven sneller gaat als je
ouder wordt – Douwe Draaisma (Why life speeds up as you get older -
I was thinking about ‘time’ when I woke up this morning.
Friday? Already? Where did this week go?
Next, I stumbled upon this photo that was taken approximately around
1970 – it shows a view on the main street of the small village I grew up.
In fact, there were only 4 streets (and one alleyway) in this hamlet
that had only 800 inhabitants- including the farmers that lived in
farms in the surroundings. I was six years old in the Summer of ’70.
My parents still live in the same house in the same village and yes,
things changed there too of course. New houses were build.
New streets were constructed. Still whenever I visit; the main street
looks more or less the same – leading to the cafe and the small square
with the church in the middle. Even women in traditional costumes
can be seen – although they have become rare.
Oh, which reminds me of this photo… I think you will like the
giggle I’m about to offer you… ready for this?
The longest day – yesterday – came with grey skies and ended with
a thunderstorm… so much for Dutch Summers. ‘Quirky’ indeed!
It rained again this morning but my mood brightened when the mail
arrived! The latest post of my Quirky Dutch Summer event handled
‘mail art, and some participants asked me for my address so they could
send their art to me. How fun it was to see these bright envelopes come in!
After all the excitement about the release of FEATURING magazine
I spend the weekend with my mom at the poetry festival in Landgraaf.
It was nice to be away from the computer, talk with my mom and the
other poets (I know most of them from former meetings), take a long
walk in the Limburg hills and listen to poetry.
Being away for the weekend means that I didn’t manage to finish my
weekly page in the Chronicles (I hope to work on it this afternoon)
but I have something else to show… ’cause I’ve been working on some
small ‘ in between works’ and I haven’t showed you those pieces yet.